Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Marie S. Bhanugopan

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

BVSc(India), MVSc(India), PhD(Syd)

Marie joined School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, CSU in September 2008. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her PhD focused on "Improving bone health to optimise Calcium metabolism in the dairy cow to minimize the risk of milk fever".

Her research interests include ruminant physiology particularly energy and mineral interactions, peri-parturient disorders and their impact on production and reproduction in sheep and cattle. Her special interest includes calcium homeostasis and role of vitamin D in immunity and bone health in sheep, cattle and poultry.

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Current research

  • Metabolic disorders and embryonic mortality in sheep and dairy cows
  • Supplementation of late pregnant and lactating ewes grazing dual purpose wheat
  • Investigating the role of Vitamin D in fetal programming of bone development: defining early roles using an in vivo and in vitro model of fetal osteogenesis
  • Assessing bone health on mineral and energy metabolism during growth, pregnancy and lactation.

Teaching

  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dr Bhanugopan is a Co-Supervisor for a PhD being completed by Shawn McGrath - Supplementation of ewes grazing dual purpose wheat.

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  • Role of Calcium and Vitamin D in bone health and immunity
  • Mineral disorders in sheep, cattle and poultry
  • Peri-parturient diseases in dairy cows

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Bhanugopan MS , Fulkerson WJ, Fraser DR, Hyde M and McNeill DM (2010). Carryover effects of potassium supplementation on calcium homeostasis in dairy cows at parturition. Journal of Dairy Science 93, 2119-2129.

Bhanugopan MS , Fraser DR, Fulkerson WJ, Hyde, M (2005) "Effect of Dietary Potassium on Calcium absorption in the rumen and intestine of sheep" " Current Topics in Dairy Production , Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia.

Bhanugopan MS , Rankin A, Fraser DR, Hyde M, McNeill DM (2004), "Improving bone health to optimise calcium metabolism in the dairy cow", In Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition , 13 (Suppl) S54. ( Oral presentation)

Bhanugopan MS , Havrlant P, Fraser DR, Hyde M, McNeill DM (2004) "Effect of Supplementation of Potassium precalving on bone health and calcium metabolism at calving in dairy cows- Plasma Magnesium, Current Topics in Dairy Production , Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia 9, 65-66.

Bhanugopan MS , Rankin A, Fraser DR, Hyde M, McNeill DM (2003) "Improving bone health to optimise calcium metabolism in the dairy cow- Urine pH", Current Topics in Dairy Production , Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia 8, 104-105.

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